The Coastal Carolina University baseball team (47-16) saw its season come to a close with a 5-1 loss to Kansas (39-23) May 31 in game five of the 2009 Chapel Hill Regional at Boshamer Stadium.
Kansas got on the board in the bottom of the first. Freshman Anthony Meo struck out red-hot David Narodowski to open the frame, but walked Robby Price on four pitches. Price moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Brian Heere.
Kansas had chances to tack on more runs, but the Jayhawks stranded 16 runners on base. This included leaving the bases loaded in the second and third innings and running into double plays in the fifth and sixth frames.
The game would stay tied until the top of the seventh, when Jose Iglesias hit a 2-1 pitch over the wall in right center field to tie the game at one. Kansas came back to score three runs in the seventh. Tony Thompson opened the inning with a double. Bobby Gagg struck out Casey Lytle, but walked Nick Faunce and gave up a single to Zac Elgie to load the bases. James Stanfield grounded out to shortstop to make it 2-1 Kansas. Narodowski then singled to left to score two runs to make it 4-1 Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks made it 5-1 in the eighth as Thompson hit a solo home run to left field. It was his 20th home run of the season.
The win went to Brett Bochy in relief. He struck out a pair in 2.1 innings. Kansas starter Cameron Selik went 6.2 innings, allowing three hits and an earned run. The loss fell to Gagg, who gave up three hits and three runs in 1.1 innings. Meo allowed five hits and a run in 2.2 innings of work. The Chants pitching staff had 10 walks in the game.
Iglesias and Scott Woodward had two hits apiece for Coastal Carolina, while Thompson was 4-for-5 with two runs scored for Kansas.
Coastal Carolina ends the 2009 season after winning the Big South regular-season and tournament title. The Chants also had eight All-Big South honorees and four All-Big South Tournament selections.